[ ep-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈɛp əˌfaɪt /
a plant that grows above the ground, supported nonparasitically by another plant or object, and deriving its nutrients and water from rain, the air, dust, etc.; air plant; aerophyte.
Related formsep·i·phyt·ic [ep-uh-fit-ik] /ˌɛp əˈfɪt ɪk/, ep·i·phyt·i·cal, adjectiveep·i·phyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for epiphytic
Among the plant-treasure from India, Australia and Malaya were large numbers of epiphytic orchids.
Those are epiphytic orchids—air-plants, you know: they require no earth for their roots: they live on the air.
British Dictionary definitions for epiphytic
/ (ˈɛpɪˌfaɪt) /
a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic on it
Derived Formsepiphytic (ˌɛpɪˈfɪtɪk), epiphytal or epiphytical, adjectiveepiphytically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Science definitions for epiphytic
[ ĕp′ə-fīt′ ]
A plant that grows on another plant and depends on it for support but not food. Epiphytes get moisture and nutrients from the air or from small pools of water that collect on the host plant. Spanish moss and many orchids are epiphytes. Also called aerophyte air plant
Related formsepiphytic adjective (ĕp′ə-fĭt′ĭk)
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.